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Skiing - 11. February 2008.

Vonn, Hosp Deadlocked for Points Lead

 
 
SESTRIERE, Italy (Feb. 10) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Austrian Nicole Hosp slid into a tie for the women's World Cup overall lead Sunday when Hosp finished 14th and Vonn 16th in a super G where Swiss and Austrian skiers tied for the win. Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) was eighth as four U.S. women broke into the top 30. WCSN.com will webstream same-day coverage at 1 p.m. ET.One day after Vonn tied the U.S. record for downhill wins at nine and took the overall lead from Hosp, the two made small mistakes on the 2.1K super G run on the men's Olympic hill from 2006.

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Nicole Hosp/Doug Haney US Ski Team


Vonn had a three-point lead to start the day. Under the World Cup scoring system (18 points for 14th place, 15 for 16th), they finished the weekend tied atop the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup standings, each with 983 points after 27 of 39 races.


Fabienne Suter of Switzerland and Austria Andrea Fischbacher tied for the victory in 1:21.06. Third place went to Germany's Maria Riesch (1:21.30), who is third in the overall points at 881
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Mancuso, who overcame a near-spill Saturday in the downhill, posted a time of 1:21.90 with Vonn finishing in 1:22.44. Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) was 24th and Leanne Smith (Conway, NH), the 2007 NorAm overall and super G champion, 27th. Chelsea Marshall (Pittsfield, VT), a stunning eighth Saturday after starting 40th, was 38th in the SG.

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Lindsey Vonn/Doug Haney US Ski Team



Vonn never found the groove she had Saturday in collecting the 12th victory of her career. In DH, skiers get a minimum of one training run and preferably two on the speed course; they had three on Sestriere's Kandahar Banchetta track. In super G, they never train the course and only get to inspect it before a race.

Vonn said she would skip the next race, a slalom Friday in Zagreb, Croatia, so she could rest at home before the final weeks of the season with their inevitable pressures. "I'm going to take it easy, then go to Vancouver [downhill and a super combined blending a super G and slalom Feb. 22-24] and check out the Olympic courses," she said.

"Lindsey had a solid run and didn't seem to make any big mistakes, although she had a little problem at the top," Head Coach Patrick Riml said. "She didn't seem to be charging like yesterday, but she was solid, so we'll have to check the video on that run.

"Julia got caught in some soft snow yesterday, but she's been skiing so well all week and she had a solid run, too. Great result for Leanne. I was really pleased to see that. Stacey had a little mistake up top and it's tough to make up time on this course, so that was it," he said.

The next women's race is the night slalom Friday in Zagreb, which draws 40,000 or more each year for a carnival-like atmosphere. Then the women head to British Columbia's Whistler Mountain, the Olympic hill for 2010.


OFFICIAL RESULTS
2008 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP
Kandahar Banchetta run
Sestriere, ITA - Feb. 10, 2008
Women's Super G

1. (tie) Fabienne Suter, Switzerland, and Andrea Fischbacher, Austria, 1:21.06
3. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:21.30
4. Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria, 1:21.44
5. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:21.53
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8. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:21.90
16. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:22.44
24. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:23.05
27. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:23.22
38. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsfield, VT, 1:24.44
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